Barefoot Events

Barefoot Events

Any course, conference, seminar, summit, or shindig that will help improve the knowledge and understanding of the wonderful beast that is the horse…

If you want to list your barefoot event here, please fill out the events form.

May

Holistic Hoof Care Course - Level 2 - Holistic Reflections

Date: Sunday 12th May 

Holistic Reflections, Yewcroft, Wilton, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2PJ


Our more advanced and comprehensive one day course on Holistic Hoof Care for the conscientious barefoot or shod horse owner or carer!

This course is ideal for the conscientious horse owner, student or professional who would like to learn more about caring for horses holistically, with a focus on hooves for soundness and high performance from the foot up. You will also get to meet like-minded people and make new friends and connections! We recommend you attend our intro course before signing up for this one as it is more advanced.

Beccy is a professional holistic equine podiatrist, therapist and writer and has over 25 years industry experience. She will share with you valuable nuggets of information is a practical, hands on course at her yard at Holistic Reflections HQ on the fringe of the Lake District near Egremont. Learn more about Beccy at https://www.holisticreflections.co.uk/about-beccy-smith-bsc-ebw-daep-1

The course is a mix of lectures and workshop practicals and all participants will get an opportunity to try out what they learn in the classroom on the Yewcroft Herd of horses.

Topics included in this full-on day of learning include:

•Foot function fundamentals
•Hoof scoring and proactive hoof care
•Common diseases of the equine foot and hoof
•Using poultices and hoof soaking boots
•Introduction to grass sensitivity and laminitis
•Use of hoof boots and pads

Hot and cold drinks as well as vegan, gluten-free lunch and snacks are provided.

Minimum participants 4, maximum 8 for maximum participant benefit!

10% discount provided if course purchased in full before 8th April!

Can also be purchased using a voucher purchased at our store!

This is NOT a "how to trim" course. For horse owner or professional hoof care courses we recommend you visit the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry at www.equinepodiatry.com

Join us at our Intro Level Holistic Hoof Care Course on the 7th April.

This course will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met before 8th April.


Further Info

Focused On Hoof Health Workshop Series - Debs Crosoer Hoof Geek

Date: 15th May 

Witney Pony Partners, Witney


Debs Crosoer has years of experience as an Equine Podiatrist, helping people get their horses happy and healthy, and their hooves as strong as they can be. Through her blog, hoofgeek.com and published books and articles she helps people understand how to identify and manage their horses needs without getting stressed out.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Date: 15th May 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Understanding the structure and function of your horse’s hooves makes knowing how to care for them so much easier and less stressful.

* Learn about the structures of the horse’s hoof, both inside and out.
* Get a deeper understanding of how your horse’s hooves function.
* Stop worrying and feel more confident when looking at your own horses hooves.
* No Hoof - No Horse - Discover whether your horse’s hooves are healthy, or in need of improvement.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT

Date: 12th June 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* What NOT to feed your horse!
* Ways to manage the environment so it works for you and your horse
* How to understand the ingredients list and not be mislead by fancy marketing.
* How to figure out what to feed your horse

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - HORSE ASSESSMENTS AND GAIT ANALYSIS

Date: 10th July 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* Get confident taking digital pulses
* Know what to look for when watching your horse move.
* How to recognise early warning signs for laminitis

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - DISSECTION

Date: 14th Aug 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Seeing a hoof dissection isn’t nearly as gross as it sounds. It’s actually kind of amazing and often completely changes everything you thought you understood about horse’s hooves. Once you’ve seen what’s on the inside, you see the hoof in a completely different light.

All 4 workshops will be held at Witney Pony Partners, Crawley Road, Witney OX29 9TG
Ticket price £20 per workshop (limited to 15 participants)
Tickets available from witneyponypartners@gmail.com


Further Info

3 Day Fundamentals Workshop - Caring for the Barefoot Horse - International Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry (CoHost Karen A Beaumont)

Date: 17th - 19th May 

New Barn, Ollerton, Cheshire WA16 8SZ


Cost $495 (approx. £385 at time of print)
DAY 1 Classroom. Study of the Equine Foot. Anatomy and Environment.
DAY 2 Wet Lab. Dissection, exploring the Internal Workings of the Hoof.
DAY 3 Wet Lab. Work on Cadavers demonstrating how to achieve consistent balance with hands-on exercises.


Further Info

Holistic Hoof Care & Nutrition in Prevention & Treatment of Laminitis & EMS  - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP & Sarah Oliver Instructor and CHCP

Date: Sunday 25th May 

Location TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another installment in our 'Experts Talk' series on May 25th for an enjoyable event jam packed full of new information and practical advice to support you and your horse. Experts Beccy and Sarah focus on recognising early signs of laminitis and EMS and how to prevent/manage it.


Further Info

June

Hoofcare | Animal Communication | Bodywork | Healing - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP, Pamela Jones and Sandra Davies

Date: Saturday 2nd June 2019

Venue TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on 2nd June for an enjoyable event full of practical ideas to support you and your horse. Our experts Beccy, Pam and Sandra will provide you with inspiration and easy tools to try out at home to become Holistic Horse Heroes!


Further Info

Focused On Hoof Health Workshop Series - Debs Crosoer Hoof Geek

Date: 12th June

Witney Pony Partners, Witney


Debs Crosoer has years of experience as an Equine Podiatrist, helping people get their horses happy and healthy, and their hooves as strong as they can be. Through her blog, hoofgeek.com and published books and articles she helps people understand how to identify and manage their horses needs without getting stressed out.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Date: 15th May 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Understanding the structure and function of your horse’s hooves makes knowing how to care for them so much easier and less stressful.

* Learn about the structures of the horse’s hoof, both inside and out.
* Get a deeper understanding of how your horse’s hooves function.
* Stop worrying and feel more confident when looking at your own horses hooves.
* No Hoof - No Horse - Discover whether your horse’s hooves are healthy, or in need of improvement.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT

Date: 12th June 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* What NOT to feed your horse!
* Ways to manage the environment so it works for you and your horse
* How to understand the ingredients list and not be mislead by fancy marketing.
* How to figure out what to feed your horse

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - HORSE ASSESSMENTS AND GAIT ANALYSIS

Date: 10th July 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* Get confident taking digital pulses
* Know what to look for when watching your horse move.
* How to recognise early warning signs for laminitis

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - DISSECTION

Date: 14th Aug 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Seeing a hoof dissection isn’t nearly as gross as it sounds. It’s actually kind of amazing and often completely changes everything you thought you understood about horse’s hooves. Once you’ve seen what’s on the inside, you see the hoof in a completely different light.

All 4 workshops will be held at Witney Pony Partners, Crawley Road, Witney OX29 9TG
Ticket price £20 per workshop (limited to 15 participants)
Tickets available from witneyponypartners@gmail.com


Further Info

Equine Biomechanics Course - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019

Bournefield Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Union Road, Reading RG7 6AA

For Saddlers, Physios, Farriers, Therapists, Horse Owners, Vets, Students and Riders.


This course will cover:
•The effect that tack and equipment has on the locomotor performance of the horse
•Who pays the price for rider asymmetry – horse or rider
•Advances in bridles and bits
•Reducing risk of injury with posture training


Further Info

Equiculture Talk - Equiculture and The Equicentral System


In conjunction with the Knepp Castle Wildland Project.

BOOKINGS: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/6289
We are VERY EXCITED to announce a special talk at Knepp Castle Wildland:

EQUICULTURE Talk with Stuart and Jane Myers MSc (Equine) (international speakers on the subject of Sustainable Horse Keeping).

This talk is for all levels of horse owners. Including owners that keep their horse/s on their own land and at livery. It is about how you can make small or large changes in horse management that both improve your horse’s ‘lifestyle’ and in turn, your lifestyle. A true win-win situation.


Further Info

July

Holistic Hoof Care & Nutrition in Prevention & Treatment of Laminitis & EMS  - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP & Sarah Oliver Instructor and CHCP

Date: 6th July 

Location TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on July 6th for an enjoyable event jam packed full of new information and practical advice to support you and your horse. Experts Beccy and Sarah focus on recognising early signs of laminitis and EMS and how to prevent/manage it.


Further Info

Hoofcare | Animal Communication | Bodywork | Healing - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP, Pamela Jones and Sandra Davies

Date: Saturday 7th July 2019

Venue TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on 7th July for an enjoyable event full of practical ideas to support you and your horse. Our experts Beccy, Pam and Sandra will provide you with inspiration and easy tools to try out at home to become Holistic Horse Heroes!


Further Info

Barefoot Performance Show - Barefoot South

Date: Sunday 7th July 2019

Venue: Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Leatherhead KT22 0AL


The aim of this show is to give you and your barefoot equine the opportunity to strut your stuff in a friendly and supportive environment.

A wide choice of classes, aimed at a range of abilities, provides a wealth of opportunity for you and your four hooved friend to have a lot of fun.

Further Info

Focused On Hoof Health Workshop Series - Debs Crosoer Hoof Geek

Date: 10th July

Witney Pony Partners, Witney


Debs Crosoer has years of experience as an Equine Podiatrist, helping people get their horses happy and healthy, and their hooves as strong as they can be. Through her blog, hoofgeek.com and published books and articles she helps people understand how to identify and manage their horses needs without getting stressed out.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Date: 15th May 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Understanding the structure and function of your horse’s hooves makes knowing how to care for them so much easier and less stressful.

* Learn about the structures of the horse’s hoof, both inside and out.
* Get a deeper understanding of how your horse’s hooves function.
* Stop worrying and feel more confident when looking at your own horses hooves.
* No Hoof - No Horse - Discover whether your horse’s hooves are healthy, or in need of improvement.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT

Date: 12th June 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* What NOT to feed your horse!
* Ways to manage the environment so it works for you and your horse
* How to understand the ingredients list and not be mislead by fancy marketing.
* How to figure out what to feed your horse

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - HORSE ASSESSMENTS AND GAIT ANALYSIS

Date: 10th July 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* Get confident taking digital pulses
* Know what to look for when watching your horse move.
* How to recognise early warning signs for laminitis

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - DISSECTION

Date: 14th Aug 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Seeing a hoof dissection isn’t nearly as gross as it sounds. It’s actually kind of amazing and often completely changes everything you thought you understood about horse’s hooves. Once you’ve seen what’s on the inside, you see the hoof in a completely different light.

All 4 workshops will be held at Witney Pony Partners, Crawley Road, Witney OX29 9TG
Ticket price £20 per workshop (limited to 15 participants)
Tickets available from witneyponypartners@gmail.com


Further Info

 Equine Biomechanics Course - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019

Bournefield Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Union Road, Reading RG7 6AA

For Saddlers, Physios, Farriers, Therapists, Horse Owners, Vets, Students and Riders.


This course will cover:
•The effect that tack and equipment has on the locomotor performance of the horse
•Who pays the price for rider asymmetry – horse or rider
•Advances in bridles and bits
•Reducing risk of injury with posture training


Further Info

Riding and Connecting with Horses at Liberty - Matthias Geysen

Date: Sat 13th - 14th July 2019

Willow Fields, Pump Lane, Marlow, SL7 3RA


The goal: To restore the natural balance between human and horse by respecting both identities. Striving for the horse's utmost freedom by acknowledging its nature and adjusting its care. Communication problems are the cause of many social and relationship issues between people, but also between man and horse.


Matthias will present his philosophy and way of working with horses.

A.M. Matthias will work with each horse in order to show how to connect with every breed and horse character.
P.M. Matthias will work on an individual basis with the participants in order to observe the relationship between the rider and the horse.

Specific objectives chosen by everyone, will be defined in order to improve the rider / horse relationship.

Focus on groundwork exercises. Participants can also choose from the following:-

- to tackle problem behaviour;
- to improve their riding skills with or without a saddle;
- to learn how to ride with a neck rope;
- to learn how to ride with a bit-less bridle;
- to learn how to ride without reins, just with body language.


​Further Info​

 August

Focused On Hoof Health Workshop Series - Debs Crosoer Hoof Geek

Date: 10th July

Witney Pony Partners, Witney


Debs Crosoer has years of experience as an Equine Podiatrist, helping people get their horses happy and healthy, and their hooves as strong as they can be. Through her blog, hoofgeek.com and published books and articles she helps people understand how to identify and manage their horses needs without getting stressed out.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Date: 15th May 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Understanding the structure and function of your horse’s hooves makes knowing how to care for them so much easier and less stressful.

* Learn about the structures of the horse’s hoof, both inside and out.
* Get a deeper understanding of how your horse’s hooves function.
* Stop worrying and feel more confident when looking at your own horses hooves.
* No Hoof - No Horse - Discover whether your horse’s hooves are healthy, or in need of improvement.

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT

Date: 12th June 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* What NOT to feed your horse!
* Ways to manage the environment so it works for you and your horse
* How to understand the ingredients list and not be mislead by fancy marketing.
* How to figure out what to feed your horse

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - HORSE ASSESSMENTS AND GAIT ANALYSIS

Date: 10th July 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

* Get confident taking digital pulses
* Know what to look for when watching your horse move.
* How to recognise early warning signs for laminitis

FOCUSED ON HOOF HEALTH - DISSECTION

Date: 14th Aug 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Witney Pony Partners
Price: £20

Seeing a hoof dissection isn’t nearly as gross as it sounds. It’s actually kind of amazing and often completely changes everything you thought you understood about horse’s hooves. Once you’ve seen what’s on the inside, you see the hoof in a completely different light.

All 4 workshops will be held at Witney Pony Partners, Crawley Road, Witney OX29 9TG
Ticket price £20 per workshop (limited to 15 participants)
Tickets available from witneyponypartners@gmail.com


Further Info

September

Holistic Hoof Care Course - Intro Level - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP MIAEP EBW of Holistic Reflections

Date: 22nd September 2019

Holistic Reflections, Yewcroft, Wilton, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2PJ


A unique and comprehensive Intro level one day course on Holistic Hoof Care for the discerning barefoot or shod horse owner or carer!
About The Event
No foot, no horse!


This course is ideal for the conscientious horse owner, student or professional who would like to learn more about caring for horses holistically, with a focus on hooves for soundness and high performance from the foot up. You will also get to meet like-minded people and make new friends and connections!

Beccy has over 25 years industry experience and will share with you valuable nuggests of information is a practical, hands on course at her yard at Holistic Reflections HQ on the fringe of the Lake District near Egremont. Learn more about Beccy here.

The course is a mix of lectures and workshop practicals and all participants will get an opportunity to try out what they learn in the classroom on the Yewcroft Herd of horses.

Topics included in this full-on day of learning include:

•Basic anatomy and parts of the hoof
•How to recognise a healthy hoof
•When to call in the experts
•Signs of ill health
•How to take a digital pulse
•Basic first aid
•Checking for lameness
•Providing a healing environment (diet, exercise and lifestyle!)
•When NOT to ride!
Hot and cold drinks as well as vegan, gluten-free lunch and snacks are provided.

Minimum participants 4, maximum 8 for optimum participant benefit!

Can also be purchased using a voucher purchased at our store!

This is NOT a "how to trim" course. For horse owner or professional hoof care courses we recommend you visit the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry at www.equinepodiatry.com

Join us for our Level 2 Holistic Hoof Care Course on the 12th of May and also on the 10th November 2019

 

Further Info

Any Time

Practical hoof trimming experience  - Nick Hill and Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS

Date: By Arrangement

Bulgaria

Whether you are a horse owner, a barefoot hoof trimmer, a veterinary professional, a farrier or are simply working with horses on a regular basis, you would have already come across different aspects of hoof care. Maybe you know a little bit but would like to expand your knowledge or maybe you work with horses’ hooves on a regular basis but would like to experience something different and gain more practice.

We don’t sell books, videos, equipment or horse feeds. We are all about gaining practical experience and skills in barefoot hoof trimming that you could use with your own horses or with your client’s equines. We discuss ideas and opinions openly. For us there could be no silly questions.

We are a team of a natural hoof care practitioner (Nick Hill) and an equine orientated veterinary surgeon (Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS) that is based in Bulgaria. We work with horses, donkeys and mules on a daily basis providing medical treatment, dietary advice and hoof trimming.

What could you expect? The practical travelling and learning experience is reserved for those, who have already gained some experience in hoof trimming and natural hoof care but would like to find out more about some pathological conditions of the hoof and how to practically tackle them. You will be travelling with us on our rounds around Bulgaria, during which we examine, treat and trim horses’ hooves. You will see everything from straight forward trimming cases to pathologically deformed hooves. We will walk you through the process of bringing the equine back to equilibrium through treatment, diet, environmental changes and barefoot trimming. Amongst the regular clients there are always emergency cases that need our help, which you will be able to see and assess with us.

How it works We can take on one or two students at a time. We feel it is important for our clients and their horses that they have our undivided attention but also for our students to experience an atmosphere of learning where hands on is part of the training. You could spend between 3 and 7 days with us on the ground with 2 travel days. We will be travelling extensively around Bulgaria, spending each day in a different area of the country. The price includes three meals per day (all dietary requirements catered for) and accommodation. Travelling is done by car. Students pay for their own flight tickets to Bulgaria.

If you are less experienced We could also offer short courses for up to two people where we would introduce you to the basis of natural hoof care, expanding on anatomy, physiology, digestion and diet, environmental conditions and horse care. These days will be tailored to your individual needs. While still practical in nature, this type of training will involve much less travelling and will be mostly based around the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and prices. Dates for the rounds around the country are loosely set until the rest of the year.

Contact Nick nickhill984@gmail.com